Monday, May 23, 2016

Today in Soap Opera History (May 23)

1980: General Hospital's Tracy ignored Edward's plea for help.
1985: Bo & Hope were married on Days of our Lives. 1986:
Caroline told Bo that Victor Kiriakis was his father. 1986: Mary Beth
Evans debuted as Kayla Brady. 
"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."
― Michael Crichton

"Today in Soap Opera History" is a collection of the most memorable, interesting and influential events in the history of scripted, serialized programs. From birthdays and anniversaries to scandals and controversies, every day this column celebrates the soap opera in American culture.

On this date in...

1967: NBC daytime drama Another World was broadcast live for the final time.

1980: On General Hospital, Tracy (Jane Elliot) refused to help her father, Edward (David Lewis), when he had a heart attack.

1985: On Days of our Lives, Bo Brady (Peter Reckell) married Hope Williams (Kristian Alfonso).

1985: On the season finale of Knots Landing, Greg asked Laura to marry him. Meanwhile, Mack tracked the Valene's babies down to Harry and Sheila Fisher. Abby told Val that the babies were alive and took her to the Fisher's home, where Harry drove away with one of the twins.

1986: On Days of our Lives, Bo interrupted a fiery argument between Caroline (Peggy McCay) and Victor (John Aniston) which ultimately led to her screaming out that Victor was Bo's father.  Mary Beth Evans debuted as Kayla Brady in this episode. Emma Donovan (Jane Windsor) hired Steve Johnson (Stephen Nichols) to scare Kayla out of Cleveland.

1988: On Guiding Light, Phillip (Grant Aleksander) told his father, Alan (Christopher Bernau), that he was the new Chairman of Spaulding Enterprises.

1988: On Santa Barbara, Gina (Robin Mattson) passed out before she could be introduced as a contestant on Wheel of Fortune.

2001: Brandon Routh debuted as Seth Anderson on One Life to Live.

2003: Keith Hamilton Cobb debuted as Damon Porter on The Young and the Restless.

2008: On As the World Turns, Jack Snyder (Michael Park) met Janet Ciccone (Julie Pinson).

2010: ABC aired the final episode of primetime serial Lost.

Celebrating a birthday today are:
Jeannie Carson (ex-Macy, Search for Tomorrow) - 88
Joan Collins
Joan Collins (The Grand Duchess; The Royals; ex-Lady Joan, Verbotene Liebe; ex-Eva, Footballers' Wives; ex-Christina, Pacific Palisades; ex-Alexandra, Guiding Light; ex-Alexis, Dynasty) - 83
Charles Kimbrough  (ex-Dr. Abbott, Another World) - 80
Marilyn McIntyre (ex-Lori, General Hospital: Night Shift; ex-Jo, Mary Beth Evans debuted as Kayla Brady; ex-Kathy, Sunset Beach; ex-Mary, The Young and the Restless; ex-Noreen, Loving; ex-Sydney, Ryan's Hope; ex-Astrid, One Life to Live; ex-Carolyn, Search for Tomorrow) - 67
Deborah Adair (ex-Kate, Days of our Lives; ex-Lucy, Melrose Place; ex-Jill, The Young and the Restless; ex-Tracy, Dynasty) - 64
Mark Arnold (ex-Rob, One Life to Live; ex-Joe, Santa Barbara; ex-Steve, Rituals; ex-Gavin, Edge of Night; ex-Buck, Guiding Light) - 59
Lea DeLaria (ex-Delphina, One Life to Live) - 58
Drew Carey (Guest Star, The Bold and the Beautiful) - 58
Linden Ashby (ex-Paul, Days of our Lives; ex-Cameron, The Young and the Restless; ex-Coop, Melrose Place; ex-Curtis, Loving) - 56
Staci Greason (ex-Isabella, Days of our Lives) - 52
H. Jon Benjamin (Sterling, Archer) - 50
Laurel Holloman (ex-Tina, The L Word) - 45
Eric Nies (ex-Disc Jockey, Days of our Lives) - 45
Stephanie Fredricks (ex-Nancy, All My Children) - 41
Kelly Monaco (Sam, General Hospital; ex-Livvie, Port Charles) - 40
Tom Baran (ex-Tony, As the World Turns) - 33

EDITOR'S NOTE: If you would like to submit a soap history entry for this date or a future date, email [email protected].

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